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Public Hearings on Proposed NJDEP Land Exchange


February 26, 2021

The NJDEP Green Acres Program and Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold two public hearings to seek comments on a proposed exchange of property with the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. in Jackson Township, Ocean County and Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County.

The DEP is proposing to transfer approximately 43.05 acres of the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area of land in Jackson Township, Ocean County to the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club (the Club) in exchange for approximately 86.8 acres of land owned by the Club in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County. A portion of the WMA has been affected by the accumulation of lead discharge at an adjacent shooting range operated by the Club. The proposed exchange of property would remove the affected land from NJDEP ownership and create a buffer area between the range and the WMA to ensure the safety of the public.

Two public hearings on the proposed land exchange will be conducted as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To be conducted by NJDEP.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. To be conducted jointly by the NJDEP and the State House Commission.

Due to the current State of Public Health Emergency the hearings will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Members of the public may participate in the hearings via video conference or by telephone. Instructions for participating in the hearings, as well as the public hearing notice, how to submit written comments and a copy of a report analyzing the proposed exchange can be found at:

Proposed Land Exchange Report (pdf, 250kb)
Maps (pdf, DEP Site)

The public hearings are being held in accordance with N.J.S.A. 13:1D-51 through -58 and N.J.S.A. 52:31-1.1.

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